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Rawsthorne: Concerto For String Orchestra, Etc / Northern Co


Release Date: 05/11/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553567   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Conrad MarshallRebecca GoldbergJohn Turner
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alan Rawsthorne is the rare mid-century English composer who essentially avoided the traditional pastoral style in favor of a highly abstract style in a manner reminiscent of Paul Hindemith. 'The Elegiac Rhapsody' is a dramatic companion piece to the work that opens the CD. Where the Rhapsody tends to be dramatic in a fashion that recalls the composer's many film scores, the Concerto has a turbulent restlessness, and a spiky, nervous energy. The 'Concertante pastorale' is a subdued work that comes closest to evoking the composer's native traditions. This comes as no surprise, as the composer considers it a light and lyrical work for a summer evening. The extremely brief 'Light Music for Strings' suggests a youthful Britten, while the Read more six-minute Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra has a jaunty nature that points to Rawsthorne's more playful and less austere side. The Northern Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of David Lloyd-Jones, puts in a solid performance in a recording that is essential for anyone interested in attending to the works of a somewhat neglected English composer who deserves a wider audience. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for String Orchestra by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2. Concertante pastorale for Flute, Horn and Strings by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Conrad Marshall (Flute), Rebecca Goldberg (French Horn)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Light Music for Strings by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4. Suite for Recorder and Strings by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  John Turner (Recorder)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John McCabe 
5. Elegiac Rhapsody for Strings by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
6. Divertimento by Alan Rawsthorne
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Victoria Hall, Bolton, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto for Strings: Largo maestoso - Molto allegro
Concerto for Strings: Lento e mesto
Concerto for Strings: Allegro piacevole
Concertante pastorale: for Flute, Horn and Strings
Light Music: for Strings
Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra (orch. John McCabe): Sarabande: Maestoso
Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra (orch. John McCabe): Fantasia: Andante con moto
Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra (orch. John McCabe): Air: Andante grazioso
Suite for Recorder and String Orchestra (orch. John McCabe): Jig: Allegro
Elegiac Rhapsody: for String Orchestra
Divertimento: Rondo: Allegro moderato
Divertimento: Lullaby: Allegretto
Divertimento: Jig: Presto

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